Different Types of Flagging Bingley

Posted by Brian Miller on March 1st, 2016

Flagging is the new trend in town and there are basically two ways of doing it, one is individual bedded and another one is screed bedded. Another method is also there but it is not so popular because spot bedding is not considered to be suitable by professionals. The method of flagging is mostly dependent on the taste and preferences of professionals belonging from Flagging Bingley.

What do you mean by individual bedding?
This method is mainly concerned with each flag equipped with a bed of its own. First a bed is installed then the flag is laid and then again a bed is prepared and the process goes on continuing. It  is widely used for huge flags because with them, there comes an issue of handling and navigating, for natural stone flags as they bring huge differences in flag width and sometimes for mould cast that tends to have varying thickness. The reason for this varying thickness can be owed to the fact; the moulds are not perfectly leveled at time of wet-casting.

What do you mean by screed bedding?
This method requires the foundation of screed bed before going forward with placing the flags. A substantial area is needed to perform screed and the flags are positioned just one after the other on the bed. Although it yields better result than the individual bedding method, this method can only be considered for smaller flags and for some calibrated flagstones. However, when the screeded beds lie flat with no variation in plane, almost flags of any size can be positioned with ease, but the problem pops up in case of multiple planes. With varying planes, only flags of smaller dimensions can be used and larger ones can’t be included because they will rock on such uneven surfaces. Another crucial point is that the flags should not have various thickness, meaning they should be made up of similar thickness and therefore only wet-pressed patio flags, calibrated stone flags and minor element paving flags are included as ideal candidates.

Why spot bedding is never recommended?
Spot bedding, also known as dab bedding or ‘dollops of mortar’ method leaves enormous void spaces in the gap between flags, making them fragile and breakable. In addition to that, the hollow spaces will allow the water to stay there and not escape, leading to further fractures and cracks. And lastly, it often turns out to be way more expensive than solid bedding, therefore not at all considered to be good for flagging.

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